2nd Ferguson Protester Found Shot Dead In Car

ST. LOUIS – 27-year-old father of four Edward Crawford was found dead overnight according to his father. The authorities say the man featured in a Ferguson protest photograph throwing a police tear gas canister died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police have yet to conclude if the victim shot himself on purpose or if the gun discharged accidentally.


Police have not released the victim’s name. But a detective confirmed the shooting, saying it was reported in the 1400 block of Salisbury Street, in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Crawford’s father, Edward Sr., confirmed his son’s death to the Post-Dispatch. He said his son’s mother called him and they went together to the morgue early Friday to identify their son’s body. Crawford Sr. was in tears Friday as he spoke with a reporter.

Two women were in the car with him when the gun went off and police that Crawford had started talking about depression. They heard him fumbling around for something, and the next thing they knew he shot himself.

Crawford’s father, 52, said he believes it was an accidental shooting, not intentional. “I don’t believe it was a suicide,”  he said. He said investigators weren’t saying much to him yet. “They’re being hush-hush,” the father said.

Edward Crawford Sr. said he last saw his son two days ago: “He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood,” the father said. “He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job [at a Schnucks warehouse].”

 The 2014 photo at Mike Brown’s protest ended up winning a Pulitzer prize. “I didn’t throw a burning can back at police,” Crawford told the newspaper in August 2015, after the county counselor’s office cited Crawford under two county ordinances for interfering with a police officer and assault. “I threw it out of the way of children.” The case is pending with a court date is set for later this month.

This is the second brother from Ferguson we’ve lost in a car recently. Brothers, be very careful who you hang around and who your friends are. Many times as men we feel like we should jump at any woman’s company especially if she’s attractive. He had four children–were the women in the car the mothers of his kids or just random from around the block? Were there drugs and alcohol involved? Today is a new day–we’re no longer putting ourselves in a position to be harmed an exploited. Loyalty and trust are rare in these days, so make moves with this in mind. BOSS certainly doesn’t buy the suicide story, but we’ll try to add updates as they come.

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